“I love creating food and concepts that connect with people in a way that really increases their joy and happiness with life. It means taking the time to drill down and find those unique ownable concept elements… those nuggets, that make the experience special. And, I love partnering with companies who want to take the next step and make the changes necessary to move forward. It’s what I have been doing my entire career!”
Now, with the Grocerant Design Group, Lew Shaye takes years of culinary concept development experience and leverages that knowledge base to help supermarket, convenience and restaurant operators grow and develop their concepts in a remarkable way.
More about Lewis Shaye:
Before founding the Grocerant Design Group, Lew served as Vice President of Culinary Concepts for Price Chopper, a 136 store supermarket chain. Lew led the foodservice design for the company’s latest concept, Market 32, which is replacing the Price Chopper banner systemwide as the growth model for the future.
Just prior, Lew spearheaded the creation and development of the company’s award-winning flagship concept store, Market Bistro. With 14 quick casual concept eateries, a full service restaurant, and a cooking school, this renown concept store has been called the nexus between quick casual dining and an upgraded and fun supermarket shopping experience.
Lew has vast concept development experience grounded in the fast casual restaurant business, where he served as Chief Concept Officer for Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. Additionally, Lew held senior positions with restaurant chains Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, and pioneered concept models in convenience stores and professional sports stadiums.
Lew serves as a current member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Appetites + Innovation, National Leadership Collaborative, and is an industry leader and speaker at the National Restaurant Association, the Convenience Store News Foodservice Exchange, NAFEM, and other industry forums.
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